The Department of Classics has been ranked first in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) results out today.
King’s Classics research has been ranked first in the country in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). 100 per cent of the research environment and research impact at the department was recognised as either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).
The REF is carried out approximately every six-seven years to assess the quality of research across UK universities, show the quality and output of research on a domestic and global stage and show the impact research has on the academic environment and our society – highlighting its real-world benefits.
The department submitted a unit of 32 staff, at 31.46 FTE, under Unit of Assessment 29 (‘Classics’). The assessment consisted of three elements: a statement about our research environment; three impact case studies; and a selection of 67 outputs, published over the REF cycle, between 2014 and 2020. Each strand is judged on a scale of 1* to 4*, with 4* denoting world-leading research.